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Surfeit of quirk San Francisco’s Ferry Building is a chic location for law firms. Historic architecture, great restaurants, a farmer’s market and an easy aquatic commute have attracted the likes of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass and Taylor & Co. But according to one lawyer, there is a problem with the Ferry Building � a problem so vexing it’s made practicing there “impossible” two days a week. That problem would be street performer John F. King II, who earns a living by banging on a makeshift set of buckets and cymbals every Tuesday and Saturday on nearby Harry Bridges Plaza, when the farmer’s market is in session. William McGrane of McGrane & Greenfield has become so fed up with King, he even filed a claim against the city and county of San Francisco for an alleged $100,000 loss caused by his inability to practice during King’s percussive renditions. “The nuisance at issue here effectively makes it impossible for claimant to work while Mr. King ‘performs,’ ” he wrote. “ Claimant seeks compensation for the resulting pecuniary loss.” The city denied the claim on Dec. 20, giving McGrane six months to file suit. Apparently that isn’t going to happen. “I’m not going to do anything about it,” McGrane said in a brief telephone interview. “I was trying to get the city to get a cop out there.” � The Recorder (originally reported in the Legal Pad blog.) Treason, schmeason A Vermont town’s petition making President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney subject to arrest for crimes against the Constitution has triggered a barrage of criticism from people who called residents “wackjobs” and “nuts.” In e-mail messages, voice mail messages and telephone calls, outraged people are calling Brattleboro, Vt.’s measure the equivalent of treason and vowing never to visit the state. “Has everyone up there been out in the cold too long?” said one. “I would like to know how I could get some water from your town,” said another. “It’s obvious that there is something special in it.” The petition goes to a townwide vote on March 4. News of the measure, which would not be enforceable, made the rounds on the Internet, and soon people started calling and writing. Anger at the Bush administration is hardly new in liberal Vermont. The state Senate voted last year to support impeaching the president. “Impeach Bush” bumper stickers are common. The petition prompted Brent Caflisch to go to his computer in Rosemount, Minn. “Maybe the terrorists will do us all a favor and attack your town next, our country would be much safer with several thousand dead wackjobs in Vermont,” he wrote. It went on to say terrorists could kidnap the three Select Board members who voted in favor, “cut their heads off, video tape it and put it on the Internet.” A few messages were positive. “Arrest Bush and Cheney? You go, Brattleboro!” wrote one man. � Associated Press Topless in N.C. A North Carolina judge held an attorney in contempt for reading a magazine with a topless female model on its cover during a court session, according to a newspaper report. Rowan County District Judge Kevin Eddinger fined attorney Todd Paris $300, and gave him a 15-day suspended jail sentence and one year’s unsupervised probation, the Salsbury Post reported. Some police officers noticed Paris’s Maxim magazine. One observed, “He’s got to be crazy to have that in court.” Paris “stated in his view the magazine was not pornography, was available at local stores and that he did not intend contempt,” the judge noted in an order. � Staff Report

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